Ramel Graham tossed six solid innings; and Austin Catherina and Matthew Parker led an eleven hit attack with three apiece, as The Pride baseball team beat Lynchburg, 7-3, in its home opener on Sunday. Greensboro moves above the .500 mark on the young season with its third consecutive win.
The Pride fell behind, 1-0, after a half inning of play before responding with three runs in the bottom of the first. Parker knocked home the first run of the afternoon for Greensboro on an RBI single up the middle. Stephan Pfeiffer followed with an RBI single to right. Parker added the final run of the frame, advancing home from third on a throw to second trying to catch Pfeiffer stealing.
The Pride tacked on a run in the second on a Michael Cobb single to left field that scored Matt Irwin. After the Hornets rallied with two runs in the top half of the third, Parker plated his second run of the day on an RBI ground out by Pfeiffer to extend the lead to 5-3.
A bases loaded walk to Parker in the seventh pushed the margin to 6-3 and James Feldman scored Bill Wooding on an RBI single in the eighth for the final run of the game.
Graham picked up his first win on the mound, limiting Lynchburg to three runs on five hits. John Atkins recorded the save with three scoreless innings of relief. Greensboro outhit the Hornets on the day, 11-6.
The Pride will look to continue their winning streak on Tuesday with a home game against Emory & Henry. The game was moved from War Memorial last week and will now be played at Leonard Park in Greensboro at 2 p.m.